For the Panthers, it was a scenario they couldn?t bear repeating.

And yet, the storyline in the Panthers? home opener Saturday at BB&T Center was developing along the same unpleasant lines as the one from the night before.

In that one, the Tampa Bay Lightning opened up a quick, two-goal lead before fending off the Panthers for the eventual win. Saturday?s script was a near carbon copy of Friday?s.

Only the ending was different.

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